Walking through the array of vendors at a farmers market is the perfect way to spend the morning on any given weekend. With seasonal fruits and veggies always available and friendly faces behind the tables, farmers markets make grocery shopping fun—especially because some of the best are close to home.
Grocery stores sell items marked organic, natural, cage-free, but with the rules forever changing on what food companies can decided to exclude on the label, it’s nice to go to a farmers market and meet someone who can actually answer questions or address concerns. The fact that they are local is the cherry on top of a community coming together to support one another.
Luckily, The Leader area has a few farmers markets that offer delicious produce and more.
A favorite market in the community is Canino Produce Co., which will still be included in the renovation of the property soon to be called Houston’s Farmers Market. Canino’s, open everyday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., first opened in 1958 on Airline Dr. and over the years grew so large the location now sits on over 20,000 square feet.
David Pokorny said on a post in the Oak Forest Facebook page that his favorite market was, “Canino’s on Airline. Clean with friendly people and family owned since the 60’s. They have just about anything you could want produce wise.”
He wasn’t alone in his appreciation for the market, as many others chimed in saying that they’ve gone to Canino’s for years. However, with new property owners and a total remodel of the facility, there’s a worry that the market just won’t be the same.
“Love Caninos, but with the remodeling coming up it will be a totally different place. Should be nice with the new shops and live bands but will miss the way it is now,” said Rosey Trevino Delgado.
From produce vendors offering the freshest vegetables and fruits to a spice company, many new merchants will be added to the market, totaling sixteen.
With a restaurant, designated play area for kids, and better parking the new renovated property will sure to still be favored after it debuts, especially since the new owners want to keep as much of the original feel as possible.
For years the Heights Epicurean Farmers Market on Heights Boulevard has been dedicated to bringing the best to the community every first Saturday of the month from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The market supports all things handmade, homemade, and locally grown, making it both a farmers and artisan market.
The market vendors sell a wide variety of supplies, from seasonal fresh produce, mirco greens and herbs, to dog biscuits, jams and macrons.
Also available are gluten-free baked goods, Texas BBQ, preserves, hand-sewn items, pies, soaps, skin care products, home cleaning remedies, and much more.
The block party style of the Epicurean market and the fun activities for kids, like face painting, makes this a great way to involve the whole family and connect with the other locals. It becomes a community within a community.
Another nearby market is tucked away and has been hailed the gem of the neighborhood. The Farm Stand at Petrol Station, also known as Mickey’s Farm Stand, has a short list of vendors, but that works in its favor. Each vendor is unique and recognized by market goers.
“The Farm Stand at Petrol Stations,” said Brenda Thompson about her favorite market. “[because] local, fresh, and the best tacos!”
Megan Richard echoed Thompson’s opinion on the great tacos and added that she also loved the Farm Stand for the hot coffee and baby goats that often make appearances.
The Farm Stand offers fresh eggs, artisan breads, honey, handmade soap and more every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. What makes this market so great is the location—it’s off Wakefield behind the Petrol Station, making it right in the middle of the neighborhood. It’s easy to miss it and drive by, so look for the canopies.
Lastly, Eleanora’s Market sets up every Saturday in the parking lot of Cavatore’s. It’s a relatively new market, not yet a year old, but quickly gained popularity because of the great list of locally sourced vendors and artisans.
Eleanora’s Market is committed to offering high-quality produce, cheeses, meats, baked goods, art, and more rain or shine. With the wide range of vendors, they have something for everyone and it’s small enough not to feel overwhelming.
The vendors are great locals who will answer any questions about the products without hesitation, and they’ll help every shopper find what’s best for them.